England, Blankenship, Phipps and
Rhodus Romp at Anderson
Warsaw's Denny England sailed to
victory in the wreck marred H.O.S.S. Outlaw Winged Sprint feature Saturday
evening at Anderson Speedway while New Castle's Darwin Blankenship captured his
first Terry's RV Street Stock headliner of the season. Middletown's Ronnie
Phipps nailed down the exciting Figure 8 Main with Anderson's Kevin Rhodus
coming home the Chappy's Rent To Own Front Wheel Drive victor.
With the top four qualifiers being inverted, an exciting 21-car field took the
green flag in the H.O.S.S. feature. World record holder Denny England flew to
the lead. Two early yellows flew for minor spins but the super fast winged
sprints put on an amazing battle while weaving in and out of traffic.
The 30-lap event saw the red flag
on lap 24 when six cars piled into Turn 1. All drivers were ok, but several cars
came away badly mangled including the mounts of fast qualifier Doug Berryman,
Kevin Newton, Scott Seaton, and Mike Blake.
Following a lengthy cleanup, it was
a dash to the finish with England taking the win with Hank Lower glued to his
bumper. Finishing third through fifth were Ted Hines, Jimmy McCune and Jeremy
Dave Hull took the first heat win
over Chris Jagger and Ron Koehler. Seaton led the distance in heat No. 2
defeating Lower and Derek Williams. Rick Baker captured the third heat checker
besting John Witter and Hines. Six cars qualified in the 10-second bracket with
Berryman fastest at 10.743 seconds.
Ronnie Phipps took Jerry Rigney's mount to the point at the start of the Street
Stock feature and led the first five laps. Darwin Blankenship made the move to
the outside and grabbed the lead away.
Blankenship quickly built a
straightaway lead. The half inverted field saw current point leader Rich Boyer
start eighth. Boyer started working toward the front and by lap 13 had moved
into second, but distant. Boyer gradually started reeling in Blankenship and
caught him at the white flag.
Boyer made a valiant effort in
traffic, but the 62-year old veteran of 42 years was not to be denied on this
night with Blankenship taking the exciting win. Trailing were Boyer, Terry
Burton, Kevin Montgomery and Josh Burton.
Heat No. 1 saw the yellow on lap
seven when Josh Burton got loose and ended up tagging his father, Terry
sidelining both. Darwin Blankenship took the victory over Montgomery and Jason
J.D. Blankenship led the first half
of heat No. 2 before Donnie Butler made contact with the leader. Missy Winegar
took over the point and went on to victory over Kevin Brooks and Gary Moore.
Fast qualifier was Terry Burton at 14.494 seconds.
Ronnie Phipps convinced all comers in the Figure 8 leading the field the entire
distance. Joe Hart Jr. stayed within striking distance and forced Phipps to make
some decisions at the crossover. This year's National Crown Champion avoided the
near misses at the intersection to score his second victory of the year. Chasers
were Hart, Curtis Chapman, Rod Phipps and Mike Perry.
Rod Phipps captured the first heat
checkers over Chapman and Perry. Rookie Mickey Gray, in only his second
race, notched his first win in heat No. 2 defeating Mike Phipps and Jeff
Swinford. Ronnie Rose was fast qualifier at 20.407 seconds.
The always-exciting Front Wheel
Drive feature saw four lead changes in 15 laps. Elliott McKinney grabbed the
point at the get-go, a position that he held until being headed on lap five by
Roger's horse threw a shoe on lap
eight vaulting McKinney back up front. Kevin Rhodus, who started eighth, had
taken to the outside groove and grabbed the lead with three to go. Rhodus
went on to the victory over McKinney, George Baker Jr., Tony Bargo and Dustin
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